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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers (15-14-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (27-7-2)

NHL Hockey: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning / Philadelphia Flyers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN, SUN, TVA

The Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lighting meet Friday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Philadelphia Flyers could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 16 goals, Jakub Voracek has 36 assists and Claude Giroux has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 74 goals on 877 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 20 goals on 236 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Lighting look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Tampa Bay Lighting are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 26.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 24 goals, Steven Stamkos has 32 assists and Vladislav Namestnikov has 82 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 62 goals on 918 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed 22 goals on 180 shots. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed a combined four goals in their last three games.

The Flyers are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-5 in their last 5 Friday games and 13-31 in their last 44 road games. The Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-7 in their last 10 Friday games and 21-7 in their last 28 home games. The Flyers are 8-20 in the last 28 meetings in Tampa Bay, 5-12 in the last 17 meetings and the home team is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have given you no reason to bet against them, as they've lost just once this whole month and have been solid at both ends of the ice. The Philadelphia Flyers have struggled all season on the road and have had little to no success against the Lightning over the years. Give me Tampa Bay to continue this incredible winning stretch.

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